All told, we had 30 bloggers and spouses/friends take part in this debut edition of TasteCamp EAST, each with different backgrounds, tastes and impressions of Long Island's wineries, people and wines.
Over the course of the next several weeks, in addition to my own posts about the weekend, I'll be asking some of the attendees for their honest impressions and experiences with Long Island wines both before and after TasteCamp.
We'll kick things off with Rob Bralow from the Wine Post blog, out of Manhattan.
Was this your first time to Long Island wine country?
It was my first time in Long Island wine country, although I had been to Long Island a few times before. My mother originally grew up on Long Island.
Was there a winery or tour stop that stands out in your mind as the "best"?
There were so many great wines during the weekend. I think my choice is going to surprise a few people when they read it, but I loved the Channing Daughters Tocai Friulano 2007. It was so fresh and aromatic and such a wonderful change from what I had tasted before. Clearly the winemaker there is not afraid to experiment and not afraid to go with his gut instinct of making the best wine the region can grow.